The competition of the new SEAT Ibiza should be scary , because this fifth generation of the SEATurban meets all that promised on paper. It is, as many claim, a miniature SEAT León , with all that that implies.
SEAT Ibiza 1.0 TSI 115 HP DSG 7: design
Let’s start with what you see. The design of the new SEAT Ibiza is, to a certain extent, a continuation , something logical if we consider that it is a model that has sold fantastically well. Even so, it is a completely new car, the first to launch the MQBA0 platform of the Volkswagen Group .
The front is especially stylized, like the rear and, along with the position of the wheels at the ends of the body – and the size of them – confer a great personality . While the resemblance to his older brother, the SEAT León, is undeniable, he has his own temperament . It is a car that likes from the first moment.
SEAT Ibiza 1.0 TSI 115 HP DSG 7: habitability
In the presentation of the SEAT Ibiza we were given a wealth of figures to explain how the interior of this fifth generation grew. I do not remember any, but I do know that, every time I got into the car during the week of the test, it has continued to surprise me with its amplitude , and I do not say it alone; On a trip with four adults, the rear passengers spent the entire trip trying to explain how they could go so comfortable in a car of that size .
The best thing is that behind has a trunk of 355 liters , almost like a SEAT León, fully usable. In return, the spare wheel is ‘cookie’ but, well looked, better than a puncture kit is, of course.
SEAT Ibiza 1.0 TSI 115 HP DSG 7: design
The design of the board is not revolutionary , but it is attractive; especially thanks to the possibility of customizing it with the band that runs along the dashboard from side to side and that can be ordered in various colors, to give it the essential youthful touch that all good utilitarian needs.
The finishes and materials are the best in the segment . Neither out there will find anything to reproach him. It does not disappoint and, as a good product of the Volkswagen Group, it takes only a couple of minutes to be completely familiar with the car. The driving position is perfect , simply and plainly.
SEAT Ibiza 1.0 TSI 115 HP DSG 7: technology
Given the average age of SEAT Ibiza buyers, SEAT has made a firm commitment to connectivity , so that the 8-inch screen integrated into the dashboard can become an extension of your smartphone , a screen that stands out for its excellent resolution and its perfect tactile handling.
Forget those old touch screens that brought some cars -of all brands- and in which programming the navigator was a Chinese job. This works like a high-end device.
In addition, thanks to the SEAT Full Link system , you can connect your phone and automatically have your music, your contacts, and so on. This, obviously, is nothing new, but it is simplicity and how quickly you can do it.
If in the SEAT Leon the box with the two USB and Aux inputs is somewhat hidden, in the SEAT Ibiza 1.0 TSI 115 CV DSG 7 is fully accessible, something logical if you stop to think that it has been designed with connectivity in mind. one of its strengths.
As we saw in the SEAT Ateca and the SEAT León, it has an induction charger for mobiles that have this feature. Of his brothers also inherits the start by button , although not so the electric hand brake.
SEAT Ibiza 1.0 TSI 115 HP DSG 7: engine
We had the opportunity to test the 1.0 EcoTSI 115 HP engine associated with the automatic change of 7 relations with FR finish .
I dare to say that it is the mechanical option that more sales will accumulate , because it supposes the perfect balance between benefits, consumption and price .
As always, you have the SEAT Driver Pro fi le that will allow you to choose between four driving modes (Eco, Normal, Sport and Individual) depending on the type of route you are going to take.
The fi nura and the absence of vibrations of the three-cylinder engine are surprising . It is perfectly balanced and only at idle is something else noticed.
And speaking of the idle, maybe it was a defect of our unit, but the Start & Stop system had a somewhat slow operation , something that we have not detected in other models of the brand.
SEAT Ibiza 1.0 TSI 115 HP DSG 7: behavior
Once in motion, it shows an outstanding aplomb , more typical of a compact than a utility, with a fantastic quality of rolling that becomes a great agility when we enter twisted terrain.
Here, the SEAT Ibiza 1.0 TSI 115 CV DSG 7 is pure dynamism , with a front axle that responds without question to our indications, and does not decompose the fi gure at any time .
The available power is more than enough to allow even a sporty driving , or to circulate with four adults without the dynamic qualities being resented.
There is no doubt that this chassis can withstand much more horsepower , which leads us to fantasize with a future version CUPRA 200.
The dynamic behavior – and the aesthetics of the car – contributes to a tire assembly unthinkable a few years ago in a utility vehicle, a 215/40 R18 size wheel that holds the car perfectly.
Of course, eye on passing projections because you will give a considerable ‘boat’. The consumption stays in the environment of 5.5 liters per 100 kilometers at legal speeds, a magnificent figure for a mechanical gasoline.
In front of the car it replaces, only its derivative SUV , the SEAT Arona , can subtract sales, something that surely will not consider a problem in SEAT. For interior space, behavior, consumption or connectivity, the fifth generation of the SEAT Ibiza is a winning bet . No doubt, the coconut of the category has arrived.
SEAT Ibiza 1.0 TSI 115 HP DSG 7: conclusion
When they tell you that they look like the SEAT León, they think that means to equate it with a car in the C segment. For quality of rolling and poise, it looks like it and, if you try it, it will convince you for sure. SEAT has hit the nail on the head.
SEAT Ibiza 1.0 TSI 115 CV DSG 7 : valuation
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* 5 is the maximum, 1 the minimum
Photos: Paloma Soria.
SEAT Ibiza 1.0 TSI 115 CV DSG 7 : technical sheet
|Thermal engine||Gasoline, 3 cylinders in line, turbocharged|
|Power||115 hp between 5,000 and 5,500 rpm|
|Pair||200 Nm between 2,000 and 3,500 rpm|
|Maximum speed||195 km / h|
|Acceleration||9.3 s (0 to 100 km / h)|
|Consumption||4.7 l / 100 km (mixed)|
|Measures (L / W / H)||4.095 / 1.780 / 1.444 mm|
|Tires||215/40 R 18|
|Empty weight||1.140 kg|
|Base price||19,030 euros|
SEAT Ibiza 1.0 TSI 115 HP DSG 7 : equipment
SERIAL . Front airbag, curtain airbags, ABS ESC EBD EBA, Isofix anchors with Top Tether, tire pressure sensor, automatic city braking assistant (Front Assist), speed limiter, Driver Pack (cruise control adaptive and fatigue detector), automatic dipped-beam headlamps, electric windows, split-folding rear seats, leather knob, electric mirrors, Storage Pack (drawer under driver’s seat front armrest), specific FR bumpers, fog lights with function cornering, daytime running lights LED LED taillights, dual-zone air conditioner with air conditioning, SEAT Drive Profile (3 driving modes plus one customizable) …
OPTIONS . Headlights SEAT Full LED (590 euros), Vision Plus Pack (530 euros), Winter Pack, Drive Select (280 euros), double bottom of the trunk net of trunk drawers under the front seats (200 euros), minimized spare wheel of 18 ” (100 euros), Alcántara upholstery (450 euros), Media System Plus with 8 ” touch screen (810 euros), Full Link – synchronization with smartphone (170 euros), navigation system with updatable cartography ( 120 euros), BeatsAudio sound system with 6 speakers, subwoofer and 300W amplifier (450 euros), Kessy keyless opening and start system with SAFE function – automatic locking (320 euros), alloy wheels 18” Performance 20 / 1 (350 euros) and alarm (250 euros).